Monday, July 31, 2006

June 25, 2006

Day 4
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Mildenhall, England / Ramstein & Vogelweh, Germany

After waking up and having breakfast at the Smoke House Hotel in Mildenhall, England, we caught a cab back to the passenger terminal at RAF Mildenhall.  We boarded the same C-5 and took the 90 minute flight to Ramstein AB.  On the flight we met an American living in Germany (April) who offered to drive us from Ramstein to Vogelweh where we had lodging.  Also riding with us were Dan & Kathy Clark.  April dropped us off at the lodging office and took the Clarks to the train station.  We checked into our room, had dinner, watched some TV, and then went to bed.  Tomorrow we’ll check out, get a rental car and drive to Rothenburg, one of the cities on the Romantic Road.


We had a breakfast consisting of bangers (English sausages), eggs, ham, and baked beans at the Smoke House Hotel.  After breakfast we took a short stroll on the beautiful grounds and enjoyed the fresh air and English rose gardens.  After calling a taxi we checked out, and the taxi arrived within about five minutes.  It was a short ride to the base which cost 10 pounds and we arrived at 0915. 

Passenger Terminal:  The passenger terminal at Mildenhall was very clean and new, featuring all the facilities travelers need including both commercial and DSN phones and internet cafĂ©.  We were able to call ahead using the DSN network to make our lodging reservation at Vogelweh.

Our flight from Mildenhall to Ramstein flight time was 1 hour 5 minutes.  We traveled with approximately 20 passengers and since the flight was so short we didn’t have in-flight meals but snacks instead.  Arriving at Ramstein, we were able to get a ride to Vogelweh lodging where we were able to rent a guest suite for $46 a night.

Pat and I had our first German meal.  It consisted of two microwave dinners provided in the in-room ready meal selection.  Pat’s dinner consisted of German sausage, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes.  Mike’s dinner consisted of pork, red cabbage, and mashed potatoes.  They were both delicious.  We were then able to do our laundry using the free washers and dryers on our floor.

Weather:  When we arrived at Ramstein, we were greeted with very warm temperatures and sunshine, probably near 90 degrees.  However about 5PM, clouds built up and thunderstorms started which lasted all night and cooled everything off. 

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